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Principal apologizes for blk. history mockery

March 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The principal of Wadsworth Elementary School in South LA has sent out a letter apologizing for "questionable decisions" about which prominent African Americans were included in a Black History parade.Abner's apology to parents and community members comes as three teachers at the school were suspended while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates.

First, second and third grade students reportedly carried pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and Ru Paul at last Friday's celebration. Other pictures included President Barack Obama and the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Lorraine Abner's letter did not name the celebrities.

"Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African American role models," the letter said. "As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment."

Some civil rights activists and groups have criticized some of the choices, saying they made a mockery of black history and reinforce racial stereotypes. They are asking that the teachers, who are white, be fired and that the principal, who was not at the school Friday, be reprimanded.